The St. James Golf Course opened and the Saints got their first home meet of the year in on Tuesday night. The girls beat visiting Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial for their first win of the year by a score of 230-249.
Because several of the boys on the golf team play two sports, the boys team did not field a full team to keep score, but Golf Head Coach Mark Beltz said this about the boys efforts, “Mason Collier continued his hot start by scoring another 43.
“Mitch Rettke's 50 was 8 strokes better than his score from Friday, but he definitely can cut that down even more.
“Clayton Winrich saw his first varsity action and posted a respectable score in his first meet.
Lindsey Haler shot the low score for the girls with 55. Julia Boeve had a 57 and Sophie Lepp shot a 58. Three Saints shot 60 - Jovanna Boeve, Bethany Carlson and Lil Krause.
Coach Beltz said, “It was a good confidence builder moving forward.
“The girls were very consistent. All of them were within five strokes of each other. Everybody played well at times but also know that they have the ability to lower their scores if they get the chance to play more.”
The Saints opened the season last Friday. The boys competed against BEA and the girls competed against BEA and USC.
Beltz said, “This was the first time any of our kids had played this spring.
“Mason Collier played extremely well carding a birdie and two pars on his way to the low score of the meet, a 43. He recovered well from a triple bogey on hole 5 with a birdie on 6, and a par on 7. Mitchell Rettke and
“Ryan Witcraft had some high scores early on in the meet and struggled a bit with putting the ball in good position off the tee, but I am confident they can lower their scores fairly easily in the near future.
“The girls will have to develop more consistency off the tee, and generate more distance from the fairway to lower their scores. Putting and chipping was actually pretty good considering the little amount of time that we have had to practice this spring. Lyndsey Haler, Julia Boeve, and Bethany Carlson turned in decent scores, but have the ability to shoot lower.
“We were missing Jovanna Boeve, and Sophie Lepp which gave Lil Krause, Jennifer Rodriguez, and Kristin Leimer an opportunity to compete at the varsity level for the first time. Hopefully all of the girls know what they can work on to improve and take advantage of the opportunities they will have to compete over the course of the season.